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William R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2438) interviewed by Norman Demick and Froma T. Willen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2438

Videotape testimony of William R., who was born in Arizona in 1918. He recounts liberating Mauthausen as a member of the United States Army 11th Armored Division; his shock at seeing thousands of starved and sick prisoners; the pervasive stench; prisoners dying after liberation because they could not digest food; buildings that appeared to be shower rooms but were gas chambers; and hundreds of corpses. He describes an American general who had himself sprayed with DDT so prisoners would allow themselves to be treated for lice to stem the typhus epidemic and the policy of the United States Army to require compulsory visits to the camp by local residents.

R., William, 1918-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
Interview Date
November 22, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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William R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2438). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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